Chamberland – The Berlin Remixes
Chamberland: the berlin remixes (or “CBR” for short) is made up of eight songs. Each song represents a color (emerald, cobalt, bronze, amber, magenta, violet, crimson and opal).
Here’s the entire DMH performance at nhow Berlin on 09/03/13. Click the right window to view with visuals … enjoy!
During DMH’s stay in Berlin (Summer 2013), he had the great fortune to work at one of his favorite facilities in Berlin: NHOW Hotel – Berlin. With his laptop and Ableton Live set of the recently Grammy-nominated project “Chamberland”, he set out to perform the 8 songs in a “live” setting, within a studio in the clouds that overlooks the River Spree, Berlin’s Music Row, Oberbaumbrucke and the East Wall Gallery.
HOW DID THIS KICKSTARTER GET STARTED?
Accidentally DMH stumbled across United Record Pressing’s crowd funding page that ties together one of his dreams … to release Chamberland on vinyl. To him, this was the perfect solution, as he was working on “Chamberland the Berlin Remixes” and the release of these mixes onto vinyl is the perfect way to showcase the introduction of this dance music remix project to the public.
So, How do you beef up an already awesome-sounding remix project? … You put the soundfiles through a 1/2″ 1/2 track Ampex ATR-102 at 30 ips. Sounds amazing! Next phase? … Press the records! Courtesy of Robert Lang Studios
THE VINYL BLOG:
10/18/2013: The CBR stereo mixes were completed in their official final form … and after much thought, I decided to stick with the original idea of offering them up for free (mp3/flac). They can be downloaded near the top of this page.
10/18/2013: The CBR vinyl mixes are almost done … and are about ready to go to analog tape (Ampex ATR-102 1/2″ – 1/2 track).
10/23/2013: Going with Rainbo Records in LA to do the mastering and pressing of the records.
IN THE STUDIO:
For those that know DMH, the technical process is often a really fun part of the journey … and chamberland: the berlin remixes is rather unique in this respect. Here are the steps that were/will be involved:
1. Performed live in Berlin, using Ableton Live.
2. The performance was actually “captured” into the program and then exported into Nuendo (my DAW of choice) for minor editing and remixing.
3. The tracks were remixed in Nuendo and exported to stereo tracks.
4. The final mastering was performed in Nuendo.
5. The stereo tracks were transferred to 1/2″, 1/2 track analog tape at 15ips (through a real beauty of an Ampex ATR 102).
6. The tracks were then transferred back to digital, where they will be transferred to vinyl.
On his return to the US, he exported the session tracks from Ableton Live into Steinberg’s Nuendo for mixdown (with the effects being removed and added back into the session during mixdown). One of the effects that I’ve been having fun with is the Universal Audio Ocean Way Studios acoustic space plug-in for the UAD2 … it adds such a degree of “big space” to an electronic mix, that’s it’s just too fun to pass up (even though some of the tracks in the session were actually recorded in a very large acoustic space themselves).
DMH and the 51bpm crew
I’ve listened to all Berlin tracks. they are much more alive, more pulse, more straight forward and still very sensitive. the last track gave me a feeling of going shopping in my favourite ALDI in Berlin, others gave me the feeling of U-Bahn. I like the Berlin Tracks the best … Der Uli, Berlin, 2013
I purchased Chamberland and Parallax Eden because your selection of timbres on top of the compositions are really interesting and right up my alley in terms of production … Michael O